Best Modern Warfare 2 graphics settings

Modern Warfare 2 Shadow Company soldier
Credit: Activision

Modern Warfare 2 Shadow Company soldier
Credit: Activision
October 6, 2023: Season 6 is now underway so we've updated our guide so you know the best MW2 graphics settings that guarantee the game runs smoothly.

What are the best Modern Warfare 2 graphics settings to use during Season 6? That's one thing on the minds of Modern Warfare 2 fans looking to guarantee their game runs as smoothly as possible.

Infinity Ward's sequel to 2019's Modern Warfare sees players reunite with Task Force 141 and introduced to plenty of fresh faces as they attempt to prevent another worldwide catastrophe. In addition, multiplayer comes with plenty of maps and game modes to master.

Elsewhere in the world of Modern Warfare 2, check out our guides highlighting the best Modern Warfare 2 guns and all there is to know about the next double XP event taking place.

What are the best Modern Warfare 2 graphics settings?

With so many settings and options to choose from, finding the perfect combination can take plenty of time. Thankfully, we've done all the hard work and found settings that guarantee great performance throughout the campaign and in multiplayer.


  • Display Mode: Fullscreen Borderless or Fullscreen Exclusive
  • Constrain Mouse to Game Window: Off
  • Display Monitor: Your Monitor
  • Display Adapter: Your GPU
    • We ran this on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
  • Screen Refresh Rate: Monitor Default
  • Display Resolution: Monitor Default
    • 1980*1020
  • Dynamic Resolution: Off
  • Aspect Ratio: Wide 16:9
  • V-Sync (Gameplay): Off
  • V-Sync (Menus): Off
  • Custom Framerate Limit: Unlimited
    • We recommend a custom frame rate using the following values: Gameplay 300, Menu 120, and Out of Focus 30
  • Restart Shaders Optimisation: Use settings to delete Cache Shaders, and reoptimize all Shaders
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 SRGB
    • 2.4 (BT1886) for TV
  • Brightness: 55
  • Focused Mode: OFF
  • HDR: OFF
    • Select Automatic to set your Operating System's settings
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  • Quality Presets: Custom
  • Render Resolution: 100%
    • Or 200% if your GPU can take the load
  • Upscaling/Sharpening: NVIDIA Image Scaling or FidelityFX Cas
    • NVIDIA Image Scaling set to Quality
    • FidelityFX Cas set at 60%
  • Anti-Aliasing: Filmic SMAA T2X
  • Anti-Aliasing Quality: Ultra Quality
  • Video Memory Scale: 90
  • Texture Resolution: High
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: High
  • Distant Level of Detail: High
  • Nearby Level of Detail: High
  • Clutter Draw Distance: Long
  • Particle Quality: High
  • Particle Quality Level: High
  • Bullet Impacts and Sprays: On
  • Shader Quality: High
  • Tessellation: All
  • Terrain Memory: Max
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off
  • Streaming Quality: Normal
  • Shadow Map Resolution: Ultra
  • Screen Space Shadows: High
  • Spot Shadow Quality: High
  • Cache Spot Shadows: On
  • Spot Cache: Ultra
  • Cache Sun Shadows: On
  • Particle Lighting: Ultra
  • Ambient Occlusion: Both
  • Space Screen Reflection: High
  • Weather Grid Volumes: On
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: On + Boost
  • Depth of Field: On
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Film Grain: 0.25

For the best-looking version of Modern Warfare 2, setting everything to high is ideal but if your system can't handle it, lower them to medium for a boost in performance.

Additionally, we recommend switching motion blur off for a crystal-clear view of the surrounding area.


  • Field of View: 90 to 100 (personal preference)
  • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Weapon Field of View: Default
  • Vehicle Field of View: Default
  • 1st Person Camera: Default
  • 3rd Person Camera: Default

Selecting your favourite field of view (FOV) makes all the difference in Modern Warfare 2.

Having the ability to view more of what's happening makes spotting enemies much easier but if you adjust it too much, the graphics are affected. A FOV between 90 and 100 will work perfectly.

How to stop Modern Warfare 2 stuttering

Following the Season 5 update, several PC players have experienced a significant drop in performance. Call of Duty developers are aware of the issues and continue to investigate.

In order to stop the stuttering, we recommend altering your graphics settings to the lowest options to prevent any stops and starts during a multiplayer match.

There you have it. These are the very best Modern Warfare 2 graphics settings to use in the campaign, co-op, and multiplayer over the course of Season 5. For more, take a look at our guide showcasing the best Modern Warfare 2 SMG.

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